Searching for the accommodation online, recently the word “guesthouse” started to draw my attention on the search results.
The price is so attractive that you can stay for only 2,000～yen even in Tokyo. However, if you have no experience of staying at a guesthouse, you sure have many questions like “What is the difference between a guesthouse and a normal hotel?” “Is it mainly for foreign guests?” and so on.
To answer those questions, let me introduce what it’s like to be staying at the “guesthouse” including the real experience of mine!
This time, I visited “Hostel 64 Osaka” which had been built by renovating retro building.
Since the building was built in 1964, the name of this hostel is called “Hostel 64 Osaka.” I could feel the stylish atmosphere from its name!
The location is very convenient since it’s only 3 min walk from “Nishi Nagahori Station,” around Shinsaibashi area in Osaka.
This hostel is highly recommended for those who are resistant to dormitory room, because there are private rooms, and even the dormitory rooms are spacious and independent by partitions.
Let me introduce many attractive points of “Hostel 64 Osaka” where somehow you can naturally feel relaxed.
“Oak Hostel Cabin” is located at Nihonbashi area, near Tokyo station.
Since the opening in March 2015, not just Japanese guests but also people from all over the world are staying at this “Oak Hostel Cabin.”
Gathering the great part from both capsule hotel and hostel, “Oak Hostel Cabin” has become a unique and comfortable place to stay in Tokyo.
Recently becoming popular among foreign people as a unique bed like a spaceship, capsule beds are used at this facility. On the other hand, as a hostel, facilities like common lounge and kitchen are well satisfied where guests are freely communicate with each other.
Let me share more in details using photos I actually took♪
“Guesthouse Suna no Shiro” is located at 7 min walk from “Minami Morimachi Station,” which is very close to the main area of Osaka.
The atmosphere of this guesthouse is very calm and relaxing surrounded by some small trees and plants.
Instead of making a loud noise with many people, the place is recommended for the travelers who want to make themselves comfortable on their own.
Let me share more about “Guesthouse Suna no Shiro” by showing pictures with comments!
“Kyo-machiya” means Kyoto's traditional house.
Near Nijo-jo Castle in Kyoto, there are two Kyo-machiya which had been renovated into guesthouses.
One had built 100 years ago, and another had built 80 years ago.
This time, I have visited these 2 guesthouses called “Hostel Mundo Kyoto” and “Hostel Mundo Chiquito.”
Let me introduce with the bar called “Bar Otro Mundo” owned by the same owner.
The word “Mundo” named in each guesthouses and the bar comes from the Spanish, meaning “World” in English.
The owner Mr. Yonehara was a backpacker who had been traveling more than 100 countries over 8 years. Other staffs are also travelers who have been to other countries and places.
As they themselves were travelers on their journey, they would welcome travelers coming to Kyoto from all over the world. They would welcome them with warm hearts and would provide the place where everyone can interact without any hesitation.
“Guesthouse Morizou,” which has just opened last September, is located at quiet place near Osaka Castle.
Being used as a warehouse before, private house had been renovated into the warm and stylish guesthouse.
Warm orange light is leaking through the glass door, once you stepped in, cute decorations of goods and books surrounded by green plants would welcome you.
“Rather than having fun by making a lot of noise, I want guests to feel relax as if they were visiting their friend’s house.”
Running by a sweet female owner Ms. Hattori, I visited this lovely place for a little while.
7 min walk from “Shichido Station” in Osaka, there is an old Japanese-style house which had been renovated as a guesthouse.
Its name is “Osaka Guest House Drummer’s Dream,” “Taiko Tatakino Yume” in Japanese.
I have visited this guesthouse where you can experience the full of encounters with people and the music.
Unique drum signboard is displayed at the entrance of the house. Once you enter the house, you will hear the comfortable sound of music and conversation of the guests.
The owner Mr. Kojima has experience of working at the famous guesthouse. Let me share the photos and information on this owner’s original guesthouse!
“Asakusa” is very popular as a sightseeing place in Tokyo.
If you like traditional Japanese culture, I'm sure you will like Asakusa area.
If you are looking for a place to stay around Asakusa, I would recommend staying at at guesthouse.
In the guesthouse, you will have chance to communicate with local Japanese staffs, and other visitors from all over the world.
Let me share 10 best Asakusa guesthouses which have good word of mouth.
Please check it out!
Able to feel the traditional atmosphere of Kyoto, around Kawaramachi station is said to be the busiest area in Kyoto.
Kawaramachi is convenient for sightseeing that it’s close to the places like Kyoto’s main kitchen “Nishiki Ichiba,” famous shrine “Yasaka Jinja,” “Chion-in” which is famous for “Joya no Kane (the bell ringing out the old year).
Together with the previous article “Guesthouses near Kyoto station,” please take a look at this article “Guesthouses near Kawaramachi station” as well for your reference.
Not just local people in Kyoto, but also visitors and businessmen from inside and outside of Japan are passing by Kyotos main entrance, “Kyoto Station.”
Access is perfect that even Shinkansen would stop by.
Starting with “Kyoto Tower,” “To-ji Temple,” “Nishi Honganji Temple,” and “Kyoto Aquarium” are also within walking distance from Kyoto station.
Setting your base at Kyoto station is a wise choice for sightseeing in Kyoto.
Looking for a convenient place to stay near Kyoto station?
Here are some selected comfortable guesthouses within 10 min walk from Kyoto station!
Please have a look for your future reference♪
Recently, new guesthouses are opening up one after another in Japan.
You might have image of guesthouse as “Backpacker’s hotel,” but recent guesthouses are not just cheap, but also having uniqueness of their own.
Some are very stylish with the café/bar, and some are renovated old Japanese-style houses that you would sure be excited by the traditional atmosphere.
Within those recent guesthouses, let me introduce the newest stylish guesthouses which just opened up this autumn (October-November) 2015!
I’m sure that below 5 selected guesthouses would make you feel like “Let me experience staying at the guesthouse in Japan!”